A Momentary Flow

Updating Worldviews one World at a time

"We know that blind evolutionary processes can produce human-level general intelligence, since they have already done so at least once," he writes. In other words, unless you believe that there is something magical (as opposed to merely fiendishly complicated) about how the brain works, the existence of humans is proof, in principle at least, that intelligent machines can be built.

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We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, “O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless… of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?” Answer. That you are here - that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play *goes on* and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?

John Keating (played by Robin Williams, Dead Poets Society)

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Reblogged from Neal Cassidy

Robots have a number of other advantages over human pundits, besides a better shot at accuracy. It’s easy to build robots cuter and more camera-ready than the average Silicon Valley bigshot – just look at Keepon, and then look at Tinder co-founder Justin Mateen, and tell me which one you’d rather see bloviate on a talk show. Robots don’t have any prejudices besides the ones we give them, which means … well, realistically, it just means we’ll give them our prejudices. But in theory it’s possible for a robot tech pundit to make a prediction free of privilege or bigotry – for instance, while Pew didn’t publicize the names of all its study participants, many of whom responded anonymously, it did list 30 “key respondents”, and only two are women. If Pew had polled robots, gender imbalance wouldn’t be an issue.

Stop predicting the future. Leave that to the robot who’s going to steal your job (via iamdanw)

Reblogged from Dan W, Software Developer